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A cycle through WWII history from Bayeux to Honfleur via the Norman coast and the landing beaches
Normandy is a region with a long history and a rich heritage. It was annexed by the Romans and Viking adventurers, disputed over by English and French kings for centuries, and ravaged during World War II. It is an area with with traditions, monuments and culture.This cycle will take you through history and the traditions and splendours of the Norman coast. Cycle past stunning seaside views, picturesque half timbered cottages and the fragrance of apple trees in bloom. Starting in Bayeux you will begin discovering the history of the landing beaches. Visit Omaha and Juno beaches, the Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus bridge, and the impressive American cemetery. The tour ends in the charming harbour town of Honfleur, where you will feel like you have stepped into an Impressionist painting.
- Cycling along the beautiful Normandy coast
- Visiting the landing beaches at Omaha beach and the American cemetery
- Exploring the towns of Honfleur, Cabourg and Bayeux
- Discovering the history of WWII
Day 1 Arrive Bayeux
Make your own way to Bayeux. On check in you will receive your information pack inclusive of maps, tourist information and luggage tags. The afternoon is free to explore the town. There is an opportunity to admire the amazing 11th century Bayeux Tapestry that shows the conquest of England by William Duke of Normandy. Take the time to visit the memorial museum of Bayeux that covers the military events that immediately followed the landings of June 1944.
Day 2 Cycle to the landing beaches and Pointe du Hoc and return to Bayeux (51km)
Today's route is a circular cycle to the landing beaches of Omaha beach. Walk on the path of history on the sandy beach before reaching the American cemetery and Colleville-sur-mer. Continue cycling to the 'Pointe du Hoc' which was one of the strategic points in the German fortifications along the Normandy coast. Then, follow seaside routes through typical small villages such as Port-en-Bessin before reaching Bayeux.
Day 3 Visit WWII memorials enroute to Caen (57km)
Cycle to Arromanches where you can see floating in the sea some vestiges of the artificial harbour "Mulberry" conceived by Winston Churchill. Proceed along the coast to Courseulles sur Mer and Juno beach where the Canadian troops landed. Here you can visit different memorials to this heritage. Cycle inland to reach the town of Caen with its 2 majestic abbeys.
Day 4 Cycle across Pegasus Bridge to Cabourg (28km)
Today you will cycle across the Pegasus Bridge, where the English army had an important victory in 1944. You will then enjoy a coastal ride and discover the magnificent "Cote Fleurie" and the charmingly elegant town of Cabourg. Cabourg is a much loved family resort with pleasant walks along a promenade sheltered by the sea wall.
Day 5 Cycle via the seaside resort of Deauville to the harbour town of Honfleur (48km)
Today you cycle to the "Pays d'Auge" area and the village of Beaumont-en-Auge with its colourful half timbered cottages, before reaching Deauville. Deauville, lady of the French coast, with its most glamorous seaside resort, symbolises elegance, prestige and sophistication. This is also the city of the horse and the gateway to Calvados. Continue cycling along the coast to reach Honfleur and its charming harbour. Honfleur is a small medieval town, revealing her riches to all those who take the time to look. The history of the town is evident. The Old Dock surrounded by picturesque narrow houses, the churches of St Catherine, St Etienne, St Leonard, the Lieutenance, the old Salt Stores, and medieval cobbled streets are all highlights. Honfleur is also recognised as one of the cradles of Impressionism and a favourite place of many artists.
Day 6 Trip concludes
After breakfast the trip concludes
- 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- 4 nights in 2 star hotels, 1 night in 3 star hotel on a twinshare basis with private facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels available - supplement applies)
- Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
- Maps and itineraries
- Tourist information
- Rental bike: 21 speed mens or ladies bike, equipped with panniers, helmet, an anti-theft device and a repair kit
- Adjustment by a cycling specialist
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On this trip you can stay in either 2 star or 3 star hotels, and you need to specify your requirements on booking. The price is dependent on the category of accommodation you choose.
Bike helmet (provided locally), wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.